Michael Simpson (1940 – )
Born in Dorset, England. Lives in Wiltshire. Bournemouth College of Art, Royal College of Art, London.
For the past three decades Simpson has explored ideas relating to what he describes as ‘The infamy of religious history’. The ‘Leper Squint’ series from which these works are taken relates to an architectural feature of medieval churches, a tall, slim opening in a wall which allowed leper’s to observe religious services without contaminating the wider congregation. A contradiction to religious teachings that was quite literally built in to the church. In each of the Leper Squint paintings we the viewer are placed in the position of the leper, facing a structure, a ladder or steps we are left to wait and wonder what, if anything lies beyond the squint.